For the answers to these and other questions in which you had no previous interest, read Livermush Theology.
Jim Huskins' "Livermush Theology" essays lovingly capture something I longed for as a college instructor: "The Teachable Moment." Every so often, there'd be one in the classroom - a completely unexpected and unplanned magical minute or two. Suddenly, by using what seemed like an ordinary example from real life (like a pair of pajamas, a new paint brush, or a piece of toasted bread) something really important and bigger than all of was illuminated, and everyone got it and was amazed. Read these essays, and you'll be the one laughing, crying, and saying, "ah HAH!"
That was a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be!
(Well, no word from Tony yet, but wouldn't it be great if he did read the book and find something nice to say?)